Introduction -- The task of writing history -- History : the subject matter -- Empowering written texts -- Negotiating authority -- Inscribing authority -- Conclusion
""This book discusses the strategies and rhetorical means by which four authors of Middle English verse historiography seek to authorise their works and themselves. Paying careful attention to the texts, it traces the ways in which authors inscribe their fictional selves and seek to give authority to their constructions of history. It further investigates how the authors position themselves in relation to their task of writing history, their sources and their audiences. This study provides new .
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-213) and index